Leif Aruhn-Solén, tenor,was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He studied vocal performance at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm from 1994 to 1998. In 2001, he earned the Artist Diploma from Oberlin College, Ohio.
At home in both opera and oratorio, Mr. Aruhn-Solén has a particular interest in music from the early Baroque period through Mozart. Recent engagements have included Rameau's Les Paladins, Mozart's Zaide, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and the world premiere of Rimbaud, la parole libérée by Marco-Antonio Pérez-Ramirez. In addition he has sung the roles of Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. On the concert stage he has performed both as the evangelist and the tenor soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions and Christmas Oratorio. Other often performed tenor solos have included Bach’s Mass in B minor, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem.
Mr. Aruhn-Solén has appeared with Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Opéra National de Montpellier, the New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Glimmerglass Opera in New York, Chicago Opera Theater, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and the Göteborg Opera. His orchestral engagements have taken him to several of the world's music centers to perform with such prestigeous orchestras as Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie, Il Giardino Armonico, Concert Spirituel, the Cleveland Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble and the Stockholm Baroque Orchestra.
Photographer Peter Knutson